NRCS SEEKS LOCAL INPUT ON FARM BILL PROGRAMS
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Hines Field Office will be holding its annual Harney County Local Work Group meeting on February 27, 2018. The meeting will be held from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Public Meeting Room of the Harney ESD Office, 25 Fairview Heights, Burns.
The Local Work Group provides input to the NRCS on local natural resource priorities and on the use of Farm Bill programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), to address those priorities. Participation in the Local Work Group is open to government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private landowners, and the general public.
Topics of discussion at the February 27 meeting will include an update on the progress made toward revising the Natural Resources Long Range Strategy for Harney County, NRCS activities related to implementing the identified priorities in 2017, and discussion of proposed funding requests for fiscal year 2019 Farm Bill funds. A request for accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Zola Ryan, District Conservationist, 541-573-6446 ext. 107.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides voluntary technical and financial assistance to people interested in protecting and enhancing soil, water, and related natural resources on non-federal lands. NRCS staffs work in every county in the state and directly assist farmers, ranchers, and others. NRCS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Local contact information is located in the telephone book under the federal government listing or can be found online at: www.or.nrcs.usda.gov
Zola Ryan, (541) 573-6446, ext. 107